15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hosted by DJ Meek, Dough and Dro is the long-awaited first mixtape from up-and-coming Fresno emcee/singer/producer Baeza. A compelling mix of hypnotic slow jams, rowdy ratchet raps, vivid storytelling, and dreamy smoke anthems, the vibe varies from track to track, while the mostly self-produced beats tie it all together into one easily digestible package. From the melancholy, piano-laced single "Far from Ready" to the electro bounce of "Back It Up" and the jazzy, laid-back "Goin' Nowhere," Baeza brings forth a likeable ladies'-man steez instead of the usual trying too hard to prove what a thug/kingpin he is. He's got serious lyrical skills but doesn't overdo it with a million big words; it's paired with a mellow flow and element of sincerity that's increasingly hard to come by in most new hip-hop. The limited guest list includes Baby Bash on "Racks" and John Hart on "You're My Baby," either one of which could easily be a hit. You may not be up on Baeza yet, but he's got everything it takes to become a serious star.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hosted by DJ Meek, Dough and Dro is the long-awaited first mixtape from up-and-coming Fresno emcee/singer/producer Baeza. A compelling mix of hypnotic slow jams, rowdy ratchet raps, vivid storytelling, and dreamy smoke anthems, the vibe varies from track to track, while the mostly self-produced beats tie it all together into one easily digestible package. From the melancholy, piano-laced single "Far from Ready" to the electro bounce of "Back It Up" and the jazzy, laid-back "Goin' Nowhere," Baeza brings forth a likeable ladies'-man steez instead of the usual trying too hard to prove what a thug/kingpin he is. He's got serious lyrical skills but doesn't overdo it with a million big words; it's paired with a mellow flow and element of sincerity that's increasingly hard to come by in most new hip-hop. The limited guest list includes Baby Bash on "Racks" and John Hart on "You're My Baby," either one of which could easily be a hit. You may not be up on Baeza yet, but he's got everything it takes to become a serious star.

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About Baeza

Anthony Baeza is an American rapper and producer from Fresno, California with a swaggering yet relaxed flow and lyrics that are as likely to be as introspective as they are hedonistic. Having produced hip-hop tracks since his adolescence, he began uploading self-produced videos of his rap songs in 2011, including the breakup-themed "Far from Ready." After several years of self-releasing singles and touring, as well as establishing the fashion line Striktly Business, he released a full-length mixtape, Dough and Dro, and the studio EP Right on Time in 2013. He toured with 2 Chainz and made guest appearances on tracks by Baby Bash, Sage the Gemini, Lucky Luciano, and others. He released his second EP The Man in 2014 and expanded it into a full-length a year later after signing with San Francisco-based Empire Distribution. ~ Paul Simpson

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